The speaker for this year’s Collier Lecture – 11 a.m., Tuesday (Feb. 15) in John L. Hill Chapel – was chosen especially to dovetail with the College’s year-long Modern Day Slavery Project, a series of events to educate and mobilize the Georgetown College campus community.
Dr. Jeffrey Barrows is the founder of Gracehaven, which through Christian love provides shelter and rehabilitation to girls under the age of 18 who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation. The staff of this safe haven also raises awareness among young women about the issue of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) in order to educate and equip them so that they can avoid becoming victims themselves.
“Mr. Collier’s vision for the lecture is that it appeal to a wide range of disciplines…and Jeffrey Barrows is a really good fit,” said Psychology professor Regan Lookadoo, the co-coordinator of the Modern Day Slavery Project who invited him. The lecture is named in honor of James Collier, a retired attorney of Elizabethtown…and, a longtime supporter and former trustee of Georgetown College.
Dr. Lookadoo added, “Barrows has a medical degree and would appeal to pre-med students. His work at Gracehaven will also appeal to Religion students, Psychology students and Sociology students. And, he’s doing research, so he’s a scholar and I like that.”
As an Obstetrician/Gynecologist on staff with the Christian Medical Association, Dr. Barrows was asked by the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in 2005 to research the health consequences of human trafficking. Since 2008, he has focused his anti-trafficking efforts on the creation of Gracehaven, a non-profit organization creating a shelter for adolescent girls who have been commercially sexually exploited in central Ohio. For more, see www.gracehavenhouse.org